• December 2016 - August 2017

    Review of collaborative economy labour platforms in the EU

    The Joint Research Centre and the European Commission have requested CEPS to conduct a large scale analysis of the collaborative economy in the EU, namely to map platforms active in the 28 Member States and identify their size and market share based on the number of users and known profits. The goal of the contract was also to obtain new information on the collaborative economy,  in particular concerning working conditions and business models. The outputs of the project consist of a report and an extensive database.

  • November 2016 - February 2018

    Task Force: The Role of Business in the Circular Economy

    CEPS Energy Climate House is holding a Task Force on the circular economy with a focus on the role of EU policy and regulation to guide businesses and industry. Special attention is given to the barriers and enablers companies encounter in their attempts to introduce circularity into their business operations as well as the measures needed to help businesses adapt to the changing environment and take advantage of new market opportunities. An additional key topic of discussion is how we can improve coherence between sectoral approaches and an overall circular economy policy framework. The Task Force provides a forum where stakeholders from different sectors could discuss these issues in a structured way. 

  • October 2016 - September 2018

    Measuring the IMPACTS of the Transition to the CIRCULAR Economy (CIRCULAR IMPACTS)

    CIRCULAR IMPACTS will assist the EU and its policy makers in realizing the transition from its current predominantly linear economy to a circular economy, by establishing a flexible and accessible evidence base with concrete data on macro-economic, societal, environmental and labour market impacts of this transition, and by adding relevant knowledge to that evidence base. For this purpose a web platform will be designed, which facilitates easy access to data repositories and fills up the existing knowledge gap in the European Commission’s impact assessments by mapping the benefits of a circular economy for both environment and economy. 

  • July 2016 - May 2017

    Impact of Digitalisation and on-demand economy on labour markets and consequences for employment and industrial relations

    The Employers Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) requested a study on the impact of digitalisation and the on-demand economy on labour markets and the consequences for employment and industrial relations. It discusses job creation and destruction, governments’ responses as well as the impact on employment, working conditions, the organisation of work, customer relations, industrial relations and collective bargaining. While the study focuses on how employers experience and respond to these new challenges, it is evidence-based and strives to maintain a balanced perspective. The study is dedicated to the EU, but particular attention was paid to the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Estonia and Finland. The study combines a literature review with interviews. It resulted in a report that was presented to the Employers Group in May 2017 and is now available online.


  • May 2016 - April 2019

    Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration (MEDAM)

    The MEDAM project aims at develop solutions for asylum and immigration policies in the EU and its member states that:

  • April 2016 - March 2018

    SET-Nav - Strategic Energy Roadmap

    Navigating the Roadmap for Clean, Secure and Efficient Energy Innovation (SET-Nav) - SET-Nav intends support strategic decision marking in Europe’s energy sector, enhancing innovation towards a clean, secure and efficient energy system. It is a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme with a large consortium of academics, research and industry partners.

  • February 2016 - March 2016

    Impact of the collaborative economy on the labour market

    On the request of DG Grow of the European Commission, CEPS carried out an analysis on the impact of the collaborative economy on Europe’s labour markets. The study analyses the direct and indirect impact of the collaborative economy on labour, focusing on income earned through local (physical) and virtual services on an online platform, hours worked and employment status. It also presents a comparison of platform work with other types of work in these domains. In another segment of the paper, the challenges and opportunities that the emergence of online platforms pose to policy-makers. The final report of the study is available as De Groen and Maselli (2016). It served as an input into the European Agenda for the Collaborative Economy.

  • December 2015 - March 2016

    Analysis of a 'Sharing Economy' platform active in the field of personal Services

    The JRC at the European Commission requested an analysis of an online labour platform in the field of personal services (i.e. a case study). CEPS analysed the ListMinut platform obtaining data on the demand and supply of labour on the platform, presenting further details on the demographics of workers active on the platform and on the average income that workers earn (which is then compared with ‘offline’ earnings in similar professions and sectors). The study on purpose focussed on the Belgian case, even if the platform also operates in other countries in- and outside of the EU. The report is available as De Groen et al. (2016) and it serves as a foresight report “A vision for the EU ‘sharing economy’ – Exploring future economic transformations”.  

  • February 2015 - January 2017

    Feasibility and Added Value of a European Unemployment Benefit Scheme

    DG EMPL at the European Commission commissioned a study to a consortium led by CEPS aiming at analysing the feasibility and added value of introducing a European Unemployment Benefits Scheme (EUBS). The project comprised three main tasks:

    1. An in-depth examination of how European Unemployment Benefits could be designed, outlining 18 possible options for a EUBS that are designed along the guidelines stipulated by the Commission in the tender specifications. The 18 EUBS forms came in two sorts: the first four are the "equivalent" systems, i.e. unemployment-linked transfer schemes which receive contributions from and pay out to Member States. The other are "genuine" supranational EUBS systems, partially replacing the national systems, receiving contributions from and paying benefits to citizens. In addition to design, the issue of moral hazard was examined in this task.

  • February 2015 - July 2018

    CARISMA - Coordination and Assessment of Research and Innovation in Support of climate Mitigation Actions

    CARISMA supports the development and diffusion of options, both technologies and practices, for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Climate-friendly technologies and practices often already exist, yet for several reasons they do not enter the mainstream. CARISMA draws on existing and new insights for recommendations on research and innovation efforts for the development and diffusion of climate change mitigation options, including through international cooperation and better coordination of efforts as well as for policy and governance aspects. CARISMA is a funded project by the EU (Horizon 2020) for the period February 2015 - July 2018.